In what is guaranteed to be the best line-up of concerts before the world ends later on this year, London’s indigo2 celebrates Jamaica’s 50th year of independence with 12 nights titled Respect Jamaica 50 through July and August. This is the greatest thing I’ve seen on these shores in my whole entire life.
When the event poster first appeared I slapped myself in shock and disbelief. Artists such as Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Gyptian representing nowadays alongside legends including Jimmy Cliff, drum & bass God’s Sly & Robbie, ska icons Toots & The Maytals dancehall king Yellowman, dub veteran Lee “Scratch” Perry and dub poet Benjamin Zepphaniah over the course of 12 nights.
Then the event promotion was pulled, sites were asked to remove content and I thought “Well, they do say if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
Well, this week indigo2′s twitter confirmed the event and the promoters have bolstered the event.
The return of “Royal family of reggae” Morgan Heritage for the first time in at least five years, future singing legend Tarrus Riley, Grammy-award winning dancehall legend Shaggy, former I-Threes/Wailers member and legend (yes, I used “legend” again) songstress in her own right Marcia Griffiths.
Respect Jamaica 50 at London Indigo2:
Jul 25th Lee Scratch Perry / Junior Murvin / Mad Professor
Jul 26th Damian Jr. Gong Marley
Jul 28th Tappa Zukie / U-Roy / Yellowman / Dennis Alcapone & Winston Reedy
Jul 29th Jamaican Legends Band: Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Monty Alexander
Jul 30th Mutabaruka Live With the Lloyd Parks Band / The Abyssinians / Benjamin Zephaniah / JAH 9
Jul 31st John Holt / Mighty Diamonds / Leroy Heptones Sibbles
Aug 1st Freddie McGregor / Marcia Griffiths / Maxi Priest
Aug 2nd Tarrus Riley / Gyptian / Natty
Aug 3rd Toots & The Maytals / Junior Toots / followed by Sir Lloyd Coxsone & Fatman Hi Fi Until Late
Aug 4th Horace Andy / Johnny Clarke / Michael Prophet With the Dub Asante Band Followed By Jah Shaka Sound System Until Late
Aug 5th Morgan Heritage / Shaggy / Raging Fyah
Aug 6th Jimmy Cliff & Oneness / Derrick Morgan / Max Romeo / Gaylads / Bob Andy Plus David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan until late